Resident Commissioner Jamaica

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Office of the Resident Commissioner, Jamaica
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Navy Board Flag
Navy Office
Member ofNavy Board
Reports toComptroller of the Navy
NominatorFirst Naval Lord
AppointerPrime Minister
Subject to formal approval by the King-in-Council
Term lengthNot fixed (typically 1–3 years)
Inaugural holderCaptain Alexander Lambert
Formation1782 to 1832

The Resident Commissioner, Jamaica or formally Resident Commissioner of the Navy at Jamaica was a senior Navy Board appointment. The office holder was responsible for superintending Jamaica Dockyard that was part of the Jamaica Station. The office existed from 1782 to 1832.


The Master Shipwright was usually the key official at the royal navy dockyards until the introduction of resident commissioners by the Navy Board who were responsible for administrating naval yards; after which he became deputy to the resident commissioner. In 1832 the post of commissioner was usually replaced by the post of admiral superintendent. However the commissioner was replaced later by a Commodore-in-Charge, Jamaica.

Office Holders

  1. 1782-1784, Captain Alexander Lambert.
  2. 1814-1820 , Captain Daniel Woodriffe.
  3. 1825-1827, Captain Thomas George Shortland.
  4. 1827-1828, Captain Charles Inglis.
  5. 1828-1832, Captain Thomas George Shortland.